Tony Matelli - Under the Influence New York Friday, September 23, 2011 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Basilico Fine Arts, New York

  • Exhibited

    San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art, January 23 – April 30, 2000, p. 34 and illustrated on the cover
    San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Visual Arts, To Be Real, 1997, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Literature

    R. de Guzman, To Be Real, San Francisco 1997, n.p. (illustrated)
    R. Jones, "A Fresh Hell: Tony Matelli's Morality Tales of Catastrophes," Siksi Playlist Spring 1997, pp. 10-11 (illustrated)
    T. Kamps, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2000, p. 34 and illustrated on the cover
    L. Fischman, Tony Matelli, New York, 2003, p. 17-18, 44 and 72 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Tony Matelli is an artist with a great knack for pastiche, drawing influences from catastrophic situations and biblical events both large and small scale. Quite literally titled, as much of Matelli’s oeuvre is, Lost and Sick, 1996 portrays three boy scouts battling fatigue, desperation and despair in a barren and almost apocalyptic landscape. The young pilgrims are depicted as physically ill, vomiting where they stand, lost in their way with little hope for salvation. What had initially commenced as an adventure enforced by goodness and innocence, the boys’ journey has deteriorated into a hellish scene of unexpected exile and an unfortunately bleak outcome.


Lost & Sick

Epoxy resin, plaster and paint.
Overall Dimensions 79 x 100 x 87 in. (200.7 x 254 x 221 cm)
This work is from an edition of two.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $36,250

Under the Influence

23 September 2011
New York